Psalm 31:7-8 I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities, and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. * * * * * * * * * Years ago when I hiked up to a steep mountain pass in New Zealand, I was exhilerated to have reached the top. I was exhausted but thrilled that it was all "downhill from there." The downhill part proved just as challenging, if not more so, because the path was uneven and rocky. Every footfall was a decision. The first "broad place" I encountered was the last steps at the end of the day's journey. I continue to appreciate the gift of level ground even if it is just one step at the end of a rocky day. * * * * * * * * * Holy God , I will, indeed, exult and rejoice in your steadfast love. Amen.